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Harvard Reverses Course, Reinstates SAT/ACT Requirement for Fall 2025 Applicants

Harvard University announced yesterday that they will once again be requiring applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores. Students applying for Fall 2025 admission (Class of 2029) will be the first required to submit standardized test scores with their applications. Although Harvard now joins fellow Ivy League schools such as Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown in declaring a return to standardized testing admissions requirements, the news is surprising given Harvard’s previous declaration to remain test-optional through the admitted Class of 2030 and other public remarks in favor of test-optional policies.

The fact that more and more Ivy League and prestigious schools such as MIT and CalTech have reinstated their SAT/ACT requirements may be a sign that the test-optional era is ending. Be sure to monitor the admissions requirements for any schools your student is planning to apply to. Academic Approach, of course, will continue to keep you updated.

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